Meet at 7:30 AM at Festival Headquarters (Almanor Recreation Center)
Activity level 3. Walking about 2 miles on uneven ground, small hills, occasional rocks, lumpy meadowland.
DESCRIPTION: This exciting two-mile birding walk begins on an old railroad bed and follows a small creek with riparian habitat on both sides of the trail. Then we follow the North Fork of the Feather River to the mouth with views of Lake Almanor. Riparian and meadow habitat, river, lake and mudflats will provide ample opportunities for viewing many species of birds. Target birds include Osprey, Tree and Bank Swallows, Yellow, Orange-crowned, and Audubon’s Warblers, and Warbling Vireos, Cassin’s Finch, and Kingfisher. Bald Eagles, Greater Sandhill Cranes, and White Pelicans could fly over at any time. Western Tanagers, Mountain Bluebirds and Rufous Hummingbirds are summer migrants that may be seen. The estuary is the ideal place to spot migrating shorebirds. Year-round birds include Brown Creeper, Pygmy Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker.
TRIP LEADER: COLIN DILLINGHAM Colin is a Wildlife Biologist employed by the U.S. Forest Service in Quincy. He says, “I've enjoyed birding around the world, but call Plumas County home for the past 15 years. I've explored almost every corner of the county, and plan to take this trip to my single favorite Plumas County spot, the mouth of the Feather River at Lake Almanor.”